I'd like to talk about one of the discussion mechanics on this site. Specifically, I think the idea that you can down-vote a comment without explaining why you disagree with the presented argument encourages groupthink. It lets you boo from the crowd, but it doesn't force you to offer a better argument or explain the flaws in the argument you're booing. I submit that down-voting without an actual coherent response to a statement is intellectual cowardice. Thoughts?
Posted 8 y ago
I think everyone should put their big boy pants on stop crying....seriously, so you got a down vote....who cares? Do you explain when you give an up vote? I don't believe that anyone owes anyone else an explanation for their "vote". 9 out of 10 times it will just lead to a back and forth, endless conversation. I think we will all agree that there is already enough of that. Just my two cents though....who am I?
<p>If I dont get a down vote at least once a week, then I dont feel like I have contributed enough. Although people should agree with EVERYTHING I say that wouldnt be any fun. Im sure there's a few people out there that I can enlighten. Then there's always the possibility that I may be wrong one day, but it's more likely that someone has hacked my account and posted on my behalf.</p><p>All that to say I felt the same way initially about down votes, but if you dont say something to support it, I will just hunt you down in the threads when you finally do post something and engage.</p><p>DISCLAIMER: If you dont know me on this site yet, I use humor. It's up to you decide if how you take it.</p>
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